Co-Curricular Programme

Co-Curricular Programme

On Friday afternoons at John Lyon all pupils put their Academic timetables to one side and participate in the School’s broad, engaging and fascinating Co-Curricular Programme.

The Co-Curricular Programme offers something different to pupils beyond the classroom and is aimed at developing a sense of achievement, wellbeing and enjoyment, while gaining practical skills and engaging with the eight School Values.

During the Autumn and Spring Terms, boys in Years 7 and 8 engage in a bespoke carousel of activities before undertaking a larger project in Summer Term.

For boys in Years 9 to Upper Sixth, there is an hour of mandatory activities in Autumn and Spring Terms, followed by an hour of an activity of their choice selected from a large list of options. The Summer Term focuses on wider projects and preparation for exams and university for the older students.

 

A ‘rounded’ education given a firm emphasis, with a timetabled programme of ‘skills-based’ activities including everything from cooking to changing a tyre. Plenty of trips and societies, from computing to chess. ‘It’s a very broad ranging education,’ commented one contented father.

The Good Schools Guide on John Lyon's rounded offer


Year 7 Co-Curricular Programme 2018-2019

Autumn and Spring Term Carousel Kayaking, Archery, Golf, Photography, Public Speaking and Culture, Cycling, Fives, Learning Skills
Summer Term Project Drama Festival

Year 8 Co-Curricular Programme 2018-2019

Autumn and Spring Term Carousel Critical Thinking, Music Performance, Rugby, Martial Arts, Cooking / Typing, Yoga
Summer Term Project CREST Award

Year 9 Co-Curricular Programme 2018-2019

Autumn and Spring Term Mandatory Activities Learning Skills, Film / Pod, Public Speaking
Autumn and Spring Term Chosen Activities From list below
Summer Term Project Combined Cadet Force (CCF) Preparation

Year 10 Co-Curricular Programme 2018-2019

Autumn and Spring Term Mandatory Activities Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), Critical Thinking, First Aid
Autumn and Spring Term Chosen Activities From list below
Summer Term Project Higher Project Qualification (HPQ)

Year 11 and Sixth Form Co-Curricular Programme 2018-2019

Autumn and Spring Term Mandatory Activities Union, Higher Project Qualification (HPQ)
Autumn and Spring Term Chosen Activities From list below
Summer Term Project Exam preparation, UCAS preparation, Study Clinics

 

Year 9 to U6 Chosen Activities 2018-19

Activity Term Years Description
Accounting
and Finance
Autumn
Spring
L6, U6 An introduction to the world of finance and accounting. This will involve looking at stocks and shares, constructing business profit and loss accounts and the ethical considerations required in this industry. Also covered is budgeting and cash flow forecasting as well as the different legal issues around business accounts. Ideal for students considering a future career in this sector.
Animation Autumn
Spring
9, 10, 11,
L6, U6
Students will work towards making a 1-2 minute animation. The animation can tell a story, sell a product or promote a point of view. Students will begin by creating a paper-based storyboard which will then be translated into an animation using Adobe Animate. They will be shown previous winning entries from the UK Schools Computer Animation Competition and will be encouraged to enter themselves. John Lyon has had two winning entries in the past.
App Development Autumn 9, 10, 11,
L6, U6
Astronomy Autumn
Spring
9, 10, 11,
L6, U6
This course will enable students to understand our position in the Universe, the movements of planets and stars, the cycles in the night and daytime sky, and the ways in which we use technology to observe and interact with space. Students will follow an incredible story of how scientists, from ancient civilisations to the modern day, have used their imagination and carefully recorded visual measurement to explore the Universe in which we live.
Beautiful Minds Autumn
Spring
10, 11,
L6, U6
An exploration of some of the greatest minds in human history. Pupils will look at some of the key themes from great philosophical works, from Plato’s Ancient Greece to the political writings of modern American philosophers.
Beekeeping and Conservation Autumn
Spring
9, 10, 11,
L6, U6
Pupils will learn all aspects of beekeeping and gain a greater understanding of the life-cycle of a hive. This activity will also involve creating a space that is bee-friendly to ensure the success of the school’s apiary. Conserving the natural world is a huge challenge in light of current global trends. Boys taking part will learn about the dangers the natural world faces, as well as what can be done to mitigate the damage humanity is causing. Numerous projects will be undertaken which will aim to reduce boys’ and the schools’ negative impact on the environment, raise awareness and also raise funds for conservation efforts around the world. This practical course will include constructing bird boxes, bat boxes, bird feeders and a wildlife pond, beekeeping and elements of gardening.
Board Games Spring 9, 10, 11,
L6, U6
A selection of board games designed to test strategy and knowledge.
Business Short Course Autumn 9, 10 Think you’re the next Richard Branson? Then prove you’ve got what it takes to step into the Dragon’s Den. If you’ve ever had an idea for a genius product, or simply can’t believe that no one has come up with a solution to a problem you face every day then sign up to take part in the Business Dragon’s Den Challenge. Pupils’ creativity and teamwork skills will be put to the test to create a brand new product and pitch it to a panel of experts. The best business plan will be crowned the winner with some great prizes up for grabs.
Big Ideas Spring 11, L6, U6 Will we ever leave the planet to live amongs the stars? Will our inventions enslave humanity? Can we develop an equation for happiness? These are just some of the questions tackled in Big Ideas. Each week will focus on thought provoking and stimulating topics, with lectures ranging from emerging digital technologies such as AI and crypto-currencies, through to philosophical matters such as racism, hate and greed. After watching each lecture there will be opportunity to debate the content and explore the implications.
Calligraphy Spring 9, 10, 11,
L6, U6
Calligraphy is an impressive skill which can be used in many different areas of life. Students will learn how to create decorative handwriting and write in a new style with calligraphy pens. This is a useful skill to have and could help with the study of art and design. It also helps enormously with improving handwriting.
Charity Autumn
Spring
9, 10, 11,
L6, U6
“A man’s true wealth is the good he does in this world.” As part of the Charity team, pupils will help organise and put on charity events in school, aiming to beat the previous year’s fundraising total of £14,000.
Chess Autumn
Spring
9, 10, 11,
L6, U6
Chess encourages and develops pupils’ problem-solving skills. Alongside playing chess, pupils will learn about one move or strategy each week to help develop their game.
Creative Writing Autumn
Spring
9, 10, 11,
L6, U6
This Creative Writing course focuses on writing effective fiction that is also lively and engaging. Pupils will learn about the key elements of fiction including structure, characterisation, dialogue, different styles of writing and how to develop a story to make it interesting. They will also be shown how to think about and edit writing.
Debating Autumn
Spring
9, 10, 11,
L6, U6
Debating is an intellectual sport and not an activity only suited to English or Humanities students. A limitless range of motions will be covered and pupils will be challenged to defend their positions – a skill needed in higher education and the workplace. Debating teams of all ages get the opportunity to compete in both internal and external competitions.
Digital Society Autumn 9, 10, 11,
L6, U6
Digital Society is designed to help boys keep up-to-date with online trends and create a positive use of technology and the internet to develop good digital footprints and profiles that will attract potential universities and employers.
Eco Schools Spring 9, 10, 11,
L6, U6
Eco Schools aims to reduce John Lyon’s carbon footprint, water use and waste, while improving recycling efforts and environmental awareness. Pupils will engage with their environment by actively protecting it, becoming a conscientious consumer and learning how to make eco-friendly choices every day.
Electronics Autumn
Spring
9, 10 Electronics is fun activity aimed at teaching the basics of electronic circuits. Pupils will have the chance to use a soldering iron and circuit boards to build their own gadgets.
Gold CREST Award Autumn L6 Designed for a small team of students studying Physics and Maths, each team will put in 70 hours of work towards a project of their choice. Teamwork, project management and STEM related tasks are at the forefront of learning through this experience.
Filmmaking Autumn
Spring
9, 10, 11,
L6, U6
An opportunity to become immersed in the world of film. This practical course will enable pupils to explore different methods of filming and editing footage, explore the world of Hollywood, and create their own ‘Sweded’ versions of film trailers.
Crosswords and Word Puzzles Autumn 9, 10, 11,
L6, U6
Pupils can expand their brains, apply logic, increase vocabulary and boost general knowledge by learning how to approach simple and advances crosswords, including the fascinating world of cryptic crosswords. Other word puzzles will also feature, including some used in the intelligence world to recruit spies and code-breakers.
Historical Film Review Spring 9, 10, 11,
L6, U6
An opportunity to watch and discuss a range of historical films with a focus upon the accuracy and the background to the periods shown. By the end of the course you pupils have a far wider appreciation for some interesting periods in history ranging from Idi Amin’s Uganda to the battlefields of the Second World War.
Brazilian Portuguese Spring 9, 10, 11 An introduction to the basics of the Portuguese language; conversations, introductions and simple vocabulary that will be extremely useful for pupils who decide to visit either Portugal or Brazil. Boys will also study Brazilian culture get to try some of the famous dishes from Brazil.
German Spring 9, 10, 11 An introduction to German, the most widely-spoken language in Europe and widely used in tourism, business, science, art and engineering. Pupils will learn some conversational basics and explore one of our most important European neighbours along the way.
Italian Autumn 9, 10, 11 An opportunity to learn the Italian language and enhance understanding of French and Spanish, since they are all derived from Latin. Pupils will work towards having basic conversations, the ability to order a meal in Italian. and learn more about Italian culture and football. This is also a useful language for the study of music.
Russian Autumn 9, 10, 11
Lifesaving Spring 11, L6, U6 Working towards the internationally recognised National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, pupils will learn key skills including swimming pool supervision, intervention, rescue, emergency action plans, CPR, AED and first aid. The course comprises physical training and theoretical classroom work, followed by a practical in-water and out-of-water assessment.
Musical Composition Autumn 9, 10, 11,
L6, U6
A chance for budding musicians to be coached in composition – either in the classical or popular style. The best compositions will be performed at a School concert and be recorded.
Micro:bit Robotics Autumn
Spring
9, 10 Pupils will use the popular BBC Micro:bits and electronic resources to design, build and program some simple robotic devices.
Model United Nations Spring 9, 10, 11,
L6, U6
Model United Nations offers students the opportunity to engage in debates about geo-political issues. Pupils take part in committee debates, taking on the role of the UN Security Council, the Health Committee, the Environment Committee or Political Committees debating UN resolutions. The activity sharpens debating skills and offers up the chance to take part in external MUN events.
Philosophy Through Film Autumn 10, 11,
L6, U6
Good films are primarily about ideas rather than action sequences or special effects. The Matrix and The Truman Show explore Cartesian ideas about ‘brains in vats’; 12 Angry Men explores the public use of reason; Fahrenheit 451 shows us a world where thinking critically is discouraged by authority. This activity involves watching some good films together and discussing what they are really about.
Photography Autumn
Spring
9, 10, 11,
L6, U6
A chance to learn more than ‘point and shoot’ photography. Pupils will explore both the creative and technical sides of photography with all types of equipment, from SLR cameras to just a smart phone. Topics will include composition and framing, camera controls, exposure, aperture, shutter speed and picture editing.
Pilates and Nutrition Autumn 9, 10, 11,
L6, U6
With this course pupils will be introduced to the benefits of eating well and track personal progress over the term and link this to the School’s Healthy Lifestyle Programme. Along with this, the basics of Pilates will be taught, helping boys improve core strength and flexibility.
Primary School Partnership: Art Autumn
Spring
L6, U6 An opportunity for Sixth Form students to work with children from a local primary school to create a work of art. This will include exploring ideas, researching and planning as well as the execution of the project. Students work as mentors and have responsibility for a small team.
Drama Community Partnership Autumn
Spring
L6, U6 The organisation and delivery of a series of bespoke workshops culminating in a performance that draws together pupils from a range of local schools. Students will gain experience working with primary school children, teaching, acting and directing a performance in an ambitious project that will culminate in a large scale production. A great opportunity to gain valuable project skills and to contribute to the lives of local children.
Primary School Partnership: Science Autumn
Spring
L6, U6 A practical activity in which Sixth Form students help children from other Schools to learn to use science equipment in a fun and safe environment.
Primary School Partnership: Maths Autumn
Spring
L6, U6 Local junior school children come to John Lyon to learn Maths through a range of fun and engaging activities, led by Sixth Form students.
School Blog and Magazine Autumn
Spring
9, 10, 11,
L6, U6
Budding journalists, photographers, vloggers and bloggers will get the chance to express their writing and creativity in this activity by creating output on subjects that interest them, building a range of content and growing an audience to consume it.
Shakespeare Schools Festival: Macbeth Autumn 9, 10, 11 During this session two pupils will direct a cast of 25 to produce a unique 30 minute adaptation of Macbeth. This will be performed in a professional theatre in London in November. This is part of the wider Shakespeare Schools Festival which sees 30,000 young people from primary, secondary and special schools across the country unite in the world’s largest youth drama festival.
South American History and Culture Spring 9, 10, 11,
L6, U6
An opportunity to explore the various aspects of an important continent. From Brazil to Argentina to Peru, pupils will get the chance to learn about their many varied historical, cultural and social influences. A host of activities will be covered, from listening to Samba to watching famous South American films.
Sports Leadership Autumn
Spring
10, 11, L6 An exciting opportunity to build knowledge and experience within the sports industry. The course gives pupils an insight into a number of leadership positions within sport, looking at the roles of coaches, referees/umpires, performance analysts, sports journalists and event organisers.
STEAM Autumn
Spring
9, 10, 11,
L6, U6
STEAM focuses on the creative combination of Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths to solve real life problems. This course will provide an opportunity to invent, design and refine a product that will make a difference in the world.
Tap Dancing Autumn
Spring
9, 10, 11,
L6, U6
Aimed at beginners, this new skill can increase focus, concentration and creativity for pupils who have some rhythm and an interest in music and would like to combine both in a fun and expressive way.


John Lyon is an independent school, a member of HMCISC and is reviewed in the Good Schools Guide.

Pupils typically join John Lyon in Years 7, 9 and 12, largely from a North West London catchment area including Harrow, Wembley, Stanmore, Pinner, Watford, Rickmansworth, Northwood, Ruislip, Hillingdon, Uxbridge, Ickenham, Northolt, Southall, Ealing, Acton, Edgware, Brent Cross, Finchley, Barnet, Camden, Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, as well as other parts of Middlesex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.

See forthcoming open events, concerts and exhibitions on our What’s On page.